'You' named Time's person of 2006

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  1. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    "You" have been named as Time magazine's Person of the Year for the growth and influence of user-generated content on the internet.

    The US magazine praised the public for "seizing the reins of the global media" and filling the web's virtual world.

    Time has been giving its controversial awards since 1927, aiming to identify those who most affect the news.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chinese leader Hu Jintao and North Korea's Kim Jong-il were 2006 runners.

    The magazine said naming a collectivity rather than an individual reflected the way the internet was shifting the balance of power within the media through blogs, videos and social networks.

    Time cited websites such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and Wikipedia, which allow users to interact with the web by uploading and publishing their own comments, videos, pictures and links.

    "It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes," Time magazine's Lev Grossman writes.

    Time praised the tool that made such broad collaboration possible - the web.

    "It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter," Mr Grossman said.


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    Interesting choice.

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  3. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    another great american invention.
     
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Time magazine?
     
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  7. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    no, the internet.
     
  8. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, but not the www.

     
  9. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    what's up sam? does it fucking kill you to acknowledge americas place in the world of the internet?

    the internet is the protocol that allows computers to talk to one another.
    like your post says the www are the documents transmitted by that protocol.
     
  10. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Just defining the topic, this is about science and society, not computer protocols.

    You can start a thread about US contribution to the world if you like, simply that is not the topic under discussion here.

    See?
    the www is user generated, the internet is not.
     
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  11. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    then i propose that society has benefitted immensly from the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T.
    an AMERICAN invention. get over it.
     
  12. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    yippee.

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  13. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    your sentiment is overwhelming.

    got banjos?
     
  14. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    OK, I will explain this then everybody can enjoy the weekend:

    This whole Person of the Year by Time magazine is a simple PR gimmick to sell more magazine. It used to be awarded objectively, but lately it became an honor. In 2001 it was OBL who should have got it, but the magazine got so many threats of cancelling of subscription that they went with Guliani.

    This year was similar. Neither the Iranian or the NK president was acceptable, the Chinese also wasn't selling more magazines, so they went with YOU.

    Again, it is an advertising gimmick and not an honor. After all Hitler (and I think later Saddam too) was also the POY back in 1938 or so...
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Glad to see someone who can sift through the media BS.

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  16. The Devil Inside Banned Banned

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    they should have named ME specifically.
     
  17. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    It was shameful to include only YOU and totally neglect ME.

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  18. Nickelodeon Banned Banned

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    "Someone else" should have got it.
     
  19. Sauna Banned Banned

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    How do they measure this mattering?

    I think we'd be much better off with not so much of the need to matter.
     
  20. The Devil Inside Banned Banned

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    ill share.

    im not a COMPLETE bastard.
     
  21. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Its on CNN right now.

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  22. Sock puppet path GRRRRRRRRRRRR Valued Senior Member

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    Ughhhh does this mean I can be expecting a check and invites to the white house and the UN soon?

    PS If I get into the white house I am gonna give GWB a wedgie he will not soon forget!!
     
  23. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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